Ian Nepomniachtchi, the Russian Grandmaster who was also in with a faint chance, lost his chance to challenge Carlsen for the title as he lost in 35 moves to US Champion Samuel Shankland, who had earlier resigned from a drawn position in his previous game against Holland’s Anish Giri. The decision to resign from a position which was deemed a draw by a majority of experts prompted Giri to describe it as the American having an ‘hallucination.’Giri, on the other hand, drew in 31 moves against Teimour Radjabov but he remains the only player who can effectively dethrone Carlsen for the Tata Steel title, trailing by just half a point heading into the final round.The final round will be played on Sunday and Anand’s campaign will end against fellow Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi. The title will be decided when Carlsen takes on Giri, with their rivalry dominating the chess landscape. Giri has drawn 16, lost one and won one encounter against Carlsen but their rivalry exploded on Twitter in 2018, when Carlsen said Giri had to win a title in order to be taken seriously. Anish Giri has won one and lost one game against Magnus Carlsen.Viswanathan Anand will take on Vidit Gujrathi in the last round.Carlsen will be aiming to win the Tata Steel title for the fifth time. New Delhi: Magnus Carlsen closed in on the Tata Steel Chess tournament with a win over Poland’s over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in 71 moves on Saturday while former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s chances of securing the top spot effectively ended when he was held to a draw in 41 moves by Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren. On the penultimate day of the tournament in Lieden, Anand had to secure a win in order to stay in contention and hope for Carlsen to lose or draw the match against Duda but the reigning world champion showed his class and came out on top after the Polish GM made a blunder on pawn h6 and this resulted in him losing his queen to come under immense pressure.Although Carlsen also lost his queen a couple of moves later, Duda employed a solid defensive line but missed out on some key moments yet again to give Carlsen a big win. With Carlsen winning, the onus was on Anand to win against Ding. Playing with black, Anand was put under pressure but he held his line and managed to reverse the position. Both players attacked and had their winning moments but the players agreed to a draw. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
WESA and ESL have reached an agreement with Facebook to give them exclusive broadcast rights for two of their biggest tournaments, starting with ESL One Genting from January 23-28.The arrangement concerns the ESL Pro League and ESL One competitions, and the rights are for both English and Portuguese language streams. The CS:GO Pro League will also begin its Facebook Live tenure in February 2018, promising new ways to enjoy ESL competitions including streaming in 1080p/60fps and watching in Facebook 360 for Gear VR. The deal will run for four seasons of the Pro League, until December 2019.Additionally, ESL will be producing a weekly five-minute show celebrating the Dota community on Facebook Watch, Facebook’s platform for shows.“Building on our successful partnership, we believe Facebook is the perfect platform to bring both Pro League and ESL One competitions to new and existing audiences,” said Nik Adams, Senior Vice President Global Media Rights & Distribution, ESL. “With Facebook broadening their portfolio of top-tier live sports events and leagues, we are excited to add this content to their lineup and guarantee the very best of viewing experiences to our passionate fans.”Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner, WESA, said: “Not only does this mark an important step for Pro League, our teams, and our players, but it is also an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of sports media consumption. With Facebook’s scale, especially in gaming, and the digital-first instincts of our viewers, we believe this partnership will both reach and better serve our global CS:GO audience by bringing the excitement and drama of Pro League directly to our fans.”ESL will also be utilising Facebook’s new cross-posting feature. This allows ESL to post videos and reach audiences on all participating team and player Pages, finding a new and relevant audience and seeing aggregated insights across posts for all Pages.Today’s news follows the announcement in May 2017 by ESL and Facebook to bring 5,000 hours of ESL content to Facebook. By collaborating closely, ESL has grown its community reach on Facebook from 700K to more than 25M people each month“For years ESL has used Facebook to nurture its global community while broadening the audience for esports competition to millions of fans worldwide,” said Leo Olebe, Global Director, Games Partnerships. “Having two of ESL’s most adored properties for CS:GO and Dota 2 streaming exclusively on Facebook is the next step in our efforts to delight the passionate esports community on Facebook. The ability to now watch esports in 1080p and in VR underscores our commitment to adding more ways for fans to watch and connect with each other around the esports content they love most.”Just last week, Acer became the official monitor and broadcast laptop sponsor for ESL One Genting, stating that they want to “provide the best experience for these best teams to conquer new worlds. As well as this, they also announced Intel as the official headline sponsor of the ESL UK Premiership, the UK’s national esports league.Esports Insider says: Bringing esports to any streaming service that isn’t Twitch is always going to raise a lot of question marks. However, the CS:GO Pro League has recently been streamed on YouTube and achieved record viewership, so we would hate to make assumptions before giving them a chance. That said, we’re intrigued to see how this goes for them.
by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Being a lineman isn’t football’s most glamorous job. In fact, it can be grueling.But Will Clarke, a redshirt junior at West Virginia, loves the challenges that his position presents. “You have to learn to be tough out there,” the 6-foot-6, 269 pound Clarke said. “You see those big fullbacks and tight ends out there and they’re about to run in at your throat. You have to be ready to take that on at all times.”He’ll represent West Virginia—a newcomer to the conference– this week at the Big 12 media day in Dallas, TX.“He’s been a great leader for us in the spring,” West Virginia defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. “We’re looking forward to seeing the hard work that he’s put in over the summer and the progress that he’s made for when fall camp starts up.”DeForest came to WVU from Oklahoma State with current Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen and has moved Clarke from his natural of defensive end position to tackle, this season.“We feel like if his athleticism is applied as an interior lineman, we’ll get some matchups in which (Clarke) will have an advantage,” DeForest added.He started 11 of his 13 games in 2011 for WVU and recorded a sack in their 70-33 romp of Clemson in the Orange Bowl. This year, he wants to further his reputation as a humble leader.“I understand my role on this defense and take great pride in it,” Clarke said. “I want to be able to do the things that people did for me when I was a young player.”Majoring in criminal justice, Clark plans to graduate next spring. With the fifth year of eligibility he earned by redshirting, he plans to begin graduate courses.“Not only is it important for me to achieve on the field, I know I need to show people how it’s done in all aspects,” he added.Jay Barlow, the reigning Courier defensive MVP, is preparing for his first season at Division-II California (PA). He recalled his first day at camp as a freshman in 2008 at Allderdice when he faced Clake, a then-senior, in drills.“He put me flat on my back,” Barlow said. “It was something that I wasn’t used to. I’d always been the best hitter up to that point.”Since, the two have kept in touch and Barlow attributes much of his success to Clarke’s mentorship.“He’s been in my ear the whole time he’s been in college,” he said. “He educates me as to what it’s like and what to watch out for when I get there. But, what’s really special about Will is that he’s always himself. He always remains his true humble self at all times.”Clarke admits that his daily schedule can be a bit overwhelming.“Typically, my days can start as early as 5:30 and can end as late as 10:00pm,” Clarke said. “I wake up that early to be in and out of the gym so that I can be on time for class. After that, there’s usually practice. Not to mention, I must dedicate the necessary time that I need in order to study. I can’t lie, it gets pretty hectic.”Yet, he swears by being a good example.“Doing the right thing is a great motivator for me in dealing with different challenges,” he said.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.) WILL CLARKE